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Community Negotiations Fund (CNF)

Grants to Ontario Indigenous Communities
to Support Mediation Over Land Claims

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Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation - Support for Community Negotiations Fund (SCNF)

Deadline Date:

02/21/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Ontario Indigenous organizations and communities to support land-claim and related negotiations with the Provincial government. Funding may support all phases of negotiations and eligible costs include salaries and wages, honoraria, professional and legal fees, employer-related costs, related travel costs, community meetings, and administrative costs.

Eligible funding priorities include activities in all phases of the negotiation process related to a land claim or land-related negotiations with Ontario. The activities must be identified and included in a project description (based on the joint annual work plan developed and approved by the negotiating parties) and budget. The work described in the project description must be completed within the fiscal year. The following is a description of eligible costs:

Salaries and Wages (hourly or contract):

Salaries and wages of the negotiating team (e.g., negotiator, clerical support and other staff) can be included in the budget. A separate line item must be created for each staff position, including the projected salary for each position.


This is a payment to an Elder or Community Knowledge Holders for their attendance at a meeting/event. They may provide appropriate advice, guidance, information, and insight based on their specialized knowledge. The rate for compensation may be up to $250 per partial day (less than 3 hours) and up to $500 for a full day.

Professional Fees:

This area is for the fees and expenses of qualified special consultants for studies carried out as agreed to in the joint annual work plan. Professional services should be contracted using a competitive process. Fees for consultants, auditors, translators, interpreters, note-takers, and experts to attend meetings and offer guidance or advice can be included here. Legal fees should not be included here.

Mandatory Employer Related Costs (MERC) and other Eligible Benefits:

These costs are calculated using the employers’ contributions to the Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Employee Health Tax, group medical-life-dental insurance premiums, pension plans, vacation pay, and registered pension plans. The total of these costs may not exceed 17.5% of the total salary/wage for each staff member.

Negotiating Team Travel, Meal and Accommodation Costs:

Actual travel, meal and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with Ontario’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive (Appendix I). These are expenses that are incurred by the negotiating team members (this excludes legal counsel and other contractors as per Appendix I) participating in activities directly related to the project description, such as air travel, car rental, road travel (taxi, bus, rail), meals, and accommodation. The budget must include the location of all meetings; number of participants; the number of trips; method of travel; destination (e.g., Timmins to Toronto, return); mileage for road travel (e.g., Kenora to Fort Frances, 215 km) and the number of overnight accommodations required and cost per night.

Community Meetings and Related Expenses:

Eligible meetings include community meetings, consultations, and ratification meetings and must be included in the project description. Include the number and type of meeting; presentation material; meeting room rental; equipment rental (e.g., audio-visual aids, microphone, fax machine), and hospitality expenses (e.g., coffee).


Provide details for other expenses not listed. These must be itemized and cost details shown for each individual item. Applicable cost for the Annual Audited Financial Statement can be included here. One-time extraordinary costs will require an explanatory note and must be identified as a separate line item.

Administration Costs:

Up to 10 percent of the budget sub-total (all eligible expenses excluding legal fees, travel, and accommodation) can be allocated as administration costs. Eligible costs include utilities, telephone/fax charges, network charges, postage/courier charges, photocopying charges, financial institution service fees, and office supplies. These costs do not require separate budget line items.

Legal Fees and Travel:

The community may submit a request to cover the costs of legal counsel representing the community in negotiations. Legal fees are usually provided for services such as legal opinions, legal support to negotiations and responding to community questions relating to legal issues. Actual travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with Ontario’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Directive.

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GrantWatch ID#: 159701

Term of Contract:

Funds received may only be spent on eligible activities carried out between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020, and specified in the budget and project description attached to the transfer payment agreement.

In the case of multi-year agreements, funds from one funding year cannot be transferred to another subsequent funding year. If approved for multi-year funding, the subsequent years will be dependent on the availability of funds and whether the necessary appropriation is provided from the Ontario legislature. Annual project descriptions, budgets, and reporting will be required in each year of the agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Indigenous communities and organizations that are involved in an active land claim or land-related negotiations with Ontario are eligible to apply.

Proposals submitted after the deadline will be considered based on the availability of funding.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Business Officer / Financial Coordinator Support for Community Negotiations Fund
Ministry of Indigenous Affairs Negotiations and Reconciliation Division
160 Bloor Street East, Suite 920 Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2E6

Telephone: 416-212-2277

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario

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